Monday, June 6, 2011

In the Middle of Tigger and Eeyore

I've been feeling pretty sorry for myself lately. It's easy for me to do. If you've ever taken a personality test, you might know what I mean when I say I'm sanguine/melancholy. I pretty much am way up...or way down. Either Tigger or Eeyore. Basically I see life this way...when it's good, it's great. But when it's's really, reeeeeally bad. I've been in the reeeeeeally bad stage for a while, and I'm so thankful for One Thousand Gifts to remind me of God's gracious gifts to me.*

When I concentrate on what I don't have, I block out gratefulness for what I do have. Just a minute ago I let Jonathan outside. As he was walking around looking for a good spot (ahem), the thought came to me that we don't have to deal with fleas and ticks in our yard. My friend Lisa lives next door to a family who has a bunch of dogs and won't treat their yard for fleas, therefore Lisa's dogs get covered with them, no matter what they do to get rid of them.

If we had to deal with the same things her family is, it would be one more thing to be unhappy about. So why not turn it around and be grateful that I DON'T have to deal with it at the moment?

Hmmm...what other things that I have complained about lately can I turn around into gratefulness? In her post today, Ann Voskamp shares, "For those who can see, the world’s beauty outweighs its burdens, its grace greater than its grime."

Oh, for eyes to see!

31. A good flyswatter (I'm not kidding!)

32. Vehicles that have great air conditioning

33. Kiddo having fun serving as a team leader to Kindergarteners during their camp this week (LOVE that!)

34. Movies coming in the mail

35. Our small group

36. Getting my hair cut - and I do mean CUT (pictures to come later)

37. Blog friends, old and new

38. In real life friends, old and new

39. Magazines with pictures that inspire me to make my home beautiful

I end my list this week with the biggest thing I'm grateful for this week...I'm sure I'll post about it soon, but for now just to suffice it to say...

40. My new vacuum cleaner!

*(As usual, I have to disclose that if you click the One Thousand Gifts link over on my sidebar and make a purchase, I get a small commission. The opinion of this book is completely mine and not influenced whatsoever by my affiliation with Dayspring.)


Richella Parham said...

A new vacuum cleaner? Now, that's something to smile about!

And just for grins. . .

The wonderful thing about Heathers
Is Heathers are wonderful things
Their tops are made of the rubber
Their bottoms are made of the springs
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Full of fun, fun, fun
But the most wonderful thing about Heathers
Is you're the only one.
You're. . . the only one!

Okay, so you're not made of rubber and springs. . . but there IS only one you. Take care of the one and only!

Heathahlee said...

Richella, that TOTALLY made me smile! : )

Susan {LilbearMe} said...

Oh girl, a good car ac here in the south is a definite reason to be grateful! ;) And I loovve getting movies in the means a relaxing time to chill with my hubs {and maybe snack on brownies}! Enjoy your new vacuum!

Stacey said...

Yes, eyes to see!!!

What a lovely list! Thanks for stopping by today, and I am giving a hearty amen to #2 (life support here) and haircuts! Oh, that is therapy for me!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Turning it around and being grateful... great way to look at things! It is wonderful! Such a great list of gifts. Yay for movies in the mail. I love having blog friends! A new vacuum... that is awesome. I love vacuuming! :)

Grateful Grammy said...

LOVE that Tigger/Eeyore illustration! Thanks for the good post -- gratitude is sorely lacking in so many!

Jessica Heights said...

I have a very similar personality...still praying for you hon!

Dawn said...

#37 makes me smile (so does richella's song!)

and i can't wait to see pic of #36!